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The Tefal Air Fryer

Enjoyed by more than three million households world-wide, the Tefal Air Fryer is claimed to be the best-selling air fryer in the UK. The ActiFry is a revolutionary product which allows you to enjoy tasty, traditional, home-cooked chips, but at the same time stay healthy and feel good about what you are eating.

The ActiFry is part of the Nutritious & Delicious range from Tefal, which aims to produce innovative products for people searching for healthier ways to cook, without compromising on taste.

Healthy, perfect chips with just three per cent fat. And The Best News – Looking to buy cheap Actifry? Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer, (1 kg) is still heavily reduced at £94.99. Keep an eye on the Philips though, at £84+.  Trying to keep up but it seems these prices can fluctuate within days…. trying to keep up……….!

By using just one spoonful of oil, you can make one kilogram of golden, crispy home-made chips, which is enough to feed a family of four.

That one spoonful is 100 times less than a traditional deep fat fryer, which not only means that your food is substantially healthier, but cooking is also more economical and 100% safe.

Simply load up to one kilogram of freshly-cut chips into the Tefal fryer, drop in a measure of your preferred oil using the spoon provided and set the timer, the ActiFry does the rest. Just wait for the timer to end and the alarm to sound.

The steam-free lid and viewing window means that you can always keep an eye on your food, although with the food being constantly, but gently stirred by the mixing arm, all you need to do is add you ingredients and let them cook.

The automatic lid opens at the push of a button for your convenience.
When opened, the ActiFry will automatically stop until you close the lid again. An easy grip handle means you can safely remove the pan and serve your food.

Once your food is cooked, the cover and pan can all be removed and are the necessary parts can be popped in to the dishwasher. The non-stick coating on the pan also means any leftover food comes off easily with no fuss. That’s everything you need to wash up taken care of quickly and simply. See above for the cheapest Tefal Actifry links.

The Tefal air fryer is endorsed by Ellie Krieger, MS, RD who is a registered dietician, New York Times Bestselling author, TV personality, and former professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Ellie has created some recipes that are to be included in the recipe book that comes with the Actifry.

The Actifry does not seem as easily available for our friends in the United States, but if you are visiting from there, you can find links that offer a price comparison on a few air fryers such as the GLIP AF800 by visiting this site.

In the meantime, watch how to prepare Chicken Tikka Masala in your Actifry air fryer below!

Low Fat Air Fryer Recipes

Please check back here regularly for air fryer recipes, or add your own recipes for others to try.

There are many people who are put off hot air fryers as they think they can only do chips in them! Oh how wrong………. If you have poked around this site, you will have already seen the Chicken Tikka Masala video so basically, all you need is a little imagination to adapt some (but not all) of your favourite recipes. Of course there will be some that just won’t work because of the design of the fryers, but I’m sure you will be able to come up with many delicious ideas.

Use even less oil in your chips!

Hot Air Frying

If you want to get rid of even more oil when cooking your chips, try just spraying them with fry-light or similar. This is only one calorie per spray!

If you are familiar with the Slimming World diet, they advocate parboiling chunky chips and then putting them on a tray, spraying them with oil and turning them over half way thru cooking. You can do these in the Actifry or Philips Airfryer without parboiling or turning over (still need to shake the pan halfway through in the Philips though).

Don’t forget your roast potato and parsnips in the Actifry as well…  Oh Yes, if you freeze your own Yorkshire puddings or buy them ready frozen, you can throw them in your Philips Air Fryer for a couple of minutes instead of putting the oven on. Give them the usually shake and watch you don’t over do them – it’s quick!

Give this a try in your air fryer today and see what you think!

 

Stir Fry With Actifry

Variations on Chips and Wedges

You can jazz up your chips and wedges with the simple addition of some extras.

Try crumbling an oxo cube (any flavour) in the oil before you pour it over.

Or, add any of the following to the oil to vary the taste.

Crushed garlic
tsp mixed dried herbs
tsp paprika
tsp cracked black pepper

 

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The Philips Air Fryer

The new Philips Air Fryer works using a unique combination of air circulation and a top grill known as Rapid Air Technology. What this does is to provide a uniform combination of heat and air to all areas of the food resulting in a dry crispy outside with a normally cooked inside. The current cheapest available price is £89 in the black and the white coming in at over £154, you can still obtain the Philips Viva Collection Airfryer HD9220/50 seen below for about £164 if you follow any links on this site  for this model  but this changes almost as fast as I get in and out of the shower in the morning so you may be lucky and get it for less!

Moving on, there have been claims that the Philips Air Fryer will work without oil, but to get any decent taste they have now admitted that you do need a little.

There is a food separator accessory for the Philips which means you can happily cook different foods at the same time. The air filter deals quite effectively with any smells which avoids your kitchen smelling like the local greasy spoon café.

Philips Air Fryer

Philips HD 9220/40 Viva Air Fryer


As for cleaning, the basket, divider and pan are all dishwasher safe. In addition if the you have the HD9225, you can put the baking tray in as well.

When in use, the outside of the fryer will mostly be just warm to the touch, but there are some external areas that will become quite hot. Obviously, the machine should be keep well away from little hands.

The recipe book even provides a way to bake muffins and brownies as well as the savoury recipes you would expect. While vegetables that can be grilled, such as zucchini, corncobs or peppers, can be prepared in the Air Fryer, those that need to be steamed or boiled such as broccoli, beans and carrots cannot. Pre-baked bread can be put in the fryer to crisp up fast, foods prepared for a barbeque and frozen foods defrosted all adding to the machine’s versatility.

Philips Air Fryer NOW £89!

To give you an idea of how long things take to cook let’s look at one of our favourites, chips!

If you are using frozen chips they will already have oil on them, so you don’t need any more. 300-700 grams of thin chips will take 12-16 minutes and thick frozen chips 12-20 minutes. 300-800 grams of home made skinny chips take 18-25 minutes while wedges will take 18-22 minutes. Don’t forget to add on the three minutes warming up time and the fact that you have to shake the basket half way through.

Where the Philips Air Fryer differs from the Tefal Actifry is that you can bake in it as well (although you can’t do stir fries). You can put pre-baked rolls etc., in the pan to brown off and make yourself some muffins which take 15-18 minutes. If you fancy a quiche this will take 20-22 minutes.  There’s a recipe for Risotto Balls HERE, watch out for more!